It's So Easy! (The Crickets song)

"It's So Easy!" is a rock-and-roll song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. It was originally released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets but failed to chart. It was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band.

"It's So Easy!"
Single by The Crickets
B-side"Lonesome Tears"
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1958 (September 12, 1958)
Format45-rpm record
RecordedJune–August 1958, Clovis, New Mexico
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
Producer(s)Norman Petty
The Crickets singles chronology
"Think It Over"
"It's So Easy!"
"Love's Made a Fool of You"

A cover version of by Linda Ronstadt in 1977 was a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Crickets version


The song was recorded by Holly and the Crickets from June to August 1958 at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

Holly lip-synched to recordings of "It's So Easy!" and his song "Heartbeat" on the television program American Bandstand on October 28, 1958.

The Crickets recorded "It's So Easy!" for Brunswick Records, which released it as a 45-rpm single in 1958. It did not chart. The B-side was "Lonesome Tears". Tommy Allsup played the lead guitar parts on both recordings.

Linda Ronstadt version

"It's So Easy"
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Simple Dreams
B-side"Lo Siento Mi Vida"
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1977
Format7-inch single
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"Blue Bayou"
"It's So Easy"
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
45 RPM side label
U.S release by Linda Ronstadt


Linda Ronstadt recorded "It's So Easy" in 1977 for her album Simple Dreams, produced by Peter Asher. Her recording was released as a single by Asylum Records in the autumn of that year. It hit the Billboard Top Five simultaneously with her recording of "Blue Bayou". It also reached #9 in Canada and #11 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] Ronstadt's version was used in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

Chart performance

Other versions



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